Interview with Ian Brennan

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in nothern California. Both of my parents were Irish-Catholic and I witnessed them and their siblings struggling with the major changes that had transformed America society in the 1960's. For all of the self-congratulatory nature of the "Me-decade" that followed, there were many that were left adrift and grappling a lot of personal pain.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Since 1993, I have conducted over one-hundred classes a year in violence prevention. The response to my first book on the topic, Anger Antidotes: How not to lose your s#&!, was quite positive and many people asked for a follow-up. This book gets into greater detail in certain areas and acts as a nice complement to the previous work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
If even one person's life has been improved slightly by a writer's efforts, than the whole endeavor has been a success. I would trade that any day for someone who might sell millions of books that are just throwaway material and end-up as part of reader's cerebral landfill.
What do your fans mean to you?
I abhor the word and concept of "fan". I have learned as much, if not more, from students of mine.
What are you working on next?
I have a novella being published in 2015 and a book on music set for early 2016.
Who are your favorite authors?
Raymond Carver has always been a favorite. But more than any one writer, it is the stellar passages or lines that might come from almost anywhere, that I think have the greatest value.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The gift of another day and chance.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading and thinking about writing. For most of my life, I've been haunted by little scraps of paper (and now also emails to myself) containing fragments of ideas. The worst is when those are lost and then the unconscious has to work overtime trying to retrieve them again.
Describe your desk
My desk is usually my own lap. Or the passenger- and/or back-seat of some rental car.
When did you first start writing?
In elementary school, I wrote as a way of escaping. In high school, we had the good fortune of having an extraordinary creative writing teacher who was very inspirational to the various arty outcasts on campus. And, as a young adult, I attended years of writing workshops where the criticisms were brutal, but very formative and useful.
Published 2014-08-22.
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Books by This Author

Hate-less: Violence Prevention & How To Make Friends With A F&#!ed Up World
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 25,710. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Interpersonal relations
HATE-less: violence prevention & how to make friends with a f&#!ed up world  is a valuable resource for any one struggling with the phenomenon of violence. Ian Brennan has been providing intensive lectures worldwide on the topics of violence-prevention, anger management, and conflict resolution since 1993. This is the follow-up volume to his publication, Anger Antidotes: How Not to Lose Your S#&!.